Domestic Action Plans contain the overarching strategies (often referred to as activities or tactics) for meeting the 40% phosphorus reduction goal for the western and central Lake Erie basins. Domestic Action Plans arose from commitments made by the U.S. and Canada under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

The ErieStat team is working with our partners in the federal, provincial, and state governments to allow users to search for Domestic Action Plan content that will be tracked by ErieStat as a unique strategy and corresponding investment. Content is being added over time; check back often or follow @BlueAccounting on Twitter for updates.

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Michigan: Support the development and implementation of approved Watershed Management Plans in the Michigan’s portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will support the development and implementation of approved watershed management plans (WMPs) in Michigan’s portion of the Maumee River watershed and Michigan's watersheds that discharge directly into western Lake Erie.

Michigan: Achieve and maintain phosphorus reductions at four key wastewater treatment facilities

There are four wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) that will be addressed in the Michigan DAP, including the Great Lakes Water Authority Detroit Wastewater Recovery Facility, the Wayne County Downriver Wastewater Treatment Facility (WTF), the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority (YCUA) WWTP, and the Monroe Metro WTF. These facilities discharge over 90 percent of the total phosphorus point source load downstream of the beginning of the Detroit River to Lake Erie.

Michigan: Identify priority areas and actions in Michigan’s portion of the Maumee River Watershed for phosphorus reductions

Only a small portion (about 7 percent) of the Maumee watershed lies within Michigan’s borders. Michigan is partnering with Indiana, Ohio, the U.S. EPA, and the U.S. Geological Survey to ensure appropriate monitoring of the watershed. Though continued monitoring is needed, initial monitoring and analysis has revealed that certain parts of the Maumee watershed in Michigan have higher phosphorus concentrations than others.